February kicks off the first of the children’s birthdays with Eva turning six in three weeks time. Despite vowing to tone down the birthday parties each year, you can guarantee, without fail, that by the time their birthdays come around I will be booking another and having thirty very excited children tearing round our local community centre, soft play or even, and it has been done on more than one occasion, our home!
This year I decided that enough was enough and it was time to bring in the experts – my fellow parent bloggers! I asked them for their top tips on taking the stress out of party party planning, and they had some great advice!
Hire a hall. Kids house parties are always chaos with all those children running around in a small space! – Maria
Give cupcakes instead of slicing and bagging up thirty portions of birthday cake! – Beth
Try to avoid filling party bags with sweets or noisy plastic toys – other parents won’t appreciate it even if the kids do! Opt for something useful like colouring books and pencils which are cheaper and less time consuming to sort. – Emma-Louise
Order the party food online to be delivered. Saves going to the supermarket! – Erica
Make up lunch boxes for each individual child. You will make far less and won’t be left with any waste. – Laura
Share the party with a friend! If you know anyone who has children the same age see if you can host together. Half the cost, half the jobs, half the stress! – Helen
Keep it short! Two hours is too long, one and a half is perfect. The kids have had enough by then and avoids that chaotic last half an hour. – Amy
Personally I think it takes a lot of stress out when you invite less people. Don’t feel pressure to invite thirty kids. We keep ours small, my daughters party is coming up and it will be just six kids which is so much more manageable! – Nyomi
Insist on RSVPs! There is nothing more annoying than people who don’t tell you if they’re coming or not! – Georgina
I’m hoping that I can take all of this advice on board and make sure that this year there is no last minute dash for a cake or moments of panic as to how to entertain thirty hyped up six years olds. I’m going to hire a hall, book a magician and sit back and watch Eva enjoying her special day. And I can’t wait!!
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